With 2 goals scored in 13 games, Florian Thauvin is gradually regaining his sensations in the jersey of Udinese, the club he joined in January 2023. Having left Olympique de Marseille in the summer of 2021 after seven great seasons, the 2018 world champion gave an interview to Canal+ on Sunday. The French international (10 caps, 1 goal) opened up about his depression, which occurred during his last year in Marseille.
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"I didn't realize it myself. People around me told me: 'Go to someone, express yourself, tell them how you feel'. When I went to see this person, it was three months before I left OM, during the conversation, at one point, I burst into tears," the 30-year-old winger said. It made me feel good, and then we went back to conservation and this lady said, 'It's at a low stage, but you're already at a stage of depression.' I was shocked, but I thought that at some point, maybe we had to take a step back to come back better."
Maybe OM was the perfect club for me. Yes, I miss it.
Florian Thauvin on OM.
Author of 8 goals and 8 assists in 36 Ligue 1 games before his departure from OM, the former Bastia player maintained respectable statistics despite his malaise in a very demanding club and Marseille climate. "It's true that I was very good physically at that time, but less so mentally. OM is a truly exceptional club, it's a real chance to play there," he said. With all the clubs I've played, maybe OM was the perfect club for me. Yes, I miss it. It's true that I was very good at that time. But I admit that mentally, it's difficult and you come out a little exhausted. When I made the choice to go to Mexico (to Tigres de Monterrey between 2021 and 2023), I wanted to find a bit of peace and quiet, less pressure, whether it was from the fans or even the media."
Today in Italy, Thauvin has not ruled out the possibility of one day wearing the colours of OM. Or those of another team in Ligue 1: "When you're an OM supporter, you want to put on the jersey and go help them. As a top-level sport, I also have to think about my career and move forward, I am determined to go to the club that will give me the opportunity to get back to my best level." The message got through.